The Ballad of Hannah Twynnoy, or Wild Curiosity (song download)


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A new folk song written and performed by Gill Simmons. This song was composed especially for Malmesbury Community Radio in April 2020. It’s about Hannah Twynnoy, the first recorded woman in England to sadly meet her end at the jaws of a visiting tiger. It happened in the yard of a Malmesbury inn, The White Lion, in 1703.

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Brave Bold Drama are Gill Simmons & Paul Lawless. They have been working together since 2015 making family theatre shows, shows for care homes and with their friend Ellie also run a community arts centre in south Bristol called Creative Workspace.

Gill plays piano, flute, ukulele and is a singer and actor. In addition to writing songs for Brave Bold Drama’s shows, she also co-creates songs with community members in Bristol and the surrounding areas as part of community art projects, and writes music for other theatre companies.

Paul is a singer, actors and Estil-trained voice coach. He co-writes lyrics for some Brave Bold Drama shows, and also writes lyrics for his own Dorset-based theatre company, Frenetic Fox Theatre.

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